THE GREAT RABBIT CHASE
By Freya Blackwood
Published by Scholastic Australia
Gumboots the rabbit is a soft and beautiful rabbit. He has very sharp claws for scratching and very strong teeth for chewing. But what he does best is .. escape.
Everyone joins in on the great rabbit chase. When they finally catch up to Gumboots he has a wonderful surprise!
Reasons we ❤️ this book:
1/ The coming together of community/neighbourhood.
I love that this book rallies up the neighbourhood and gets the community spirit going. The story oozes that country Australia feeling where things are super relaxed and everyone is just getting on with their business… but they’d never turn down the opportunity to help their neighbours! I found the story really relaxing! Nostalgic and beautiful.
2/ The illustrations are stunning.
You may see from previous posts that I am a huge @freyablackwood fan. I am so glad she’s gone out solo and written and illustrated this story. It’s a stunner. It’s the perfect gift, the perfect bedtime story and really, I’d love every page as a print in my house! You must grab a copy of this book to see what I mean. Her style is beautiful. The little rabbit chase game/maze as the end papers is perfect. Mr 5 took a real shine to this and it made a cute feature within the book.
3/ The little surprise at the end is great.
We all follow the neighbourhood as they chase Gumboots the rabbit. We’re never sure where Gumboots is going but you go along with the story in anticipation of what will happen at the end. The ending gives you the warm and fuzzies and a nice family feeling.
What a great bedtime story this one is!! Enjoy it!